CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 8: Boston College Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani looks on during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson won 36-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
In the next installment of SBNation.com's college football relegation week, Bill Connelly went through every season since 2005 to see which schools would be relegated, which ones promoted and how the Atlantic Coast Premiership would look after the 2012 season.
Naturally, Duke was demoted after the 2005 season and replaced by West Virginia. The Mountaineers would go on to win the league title in 2006 while N.C. State was the second Tobacco Road school to get the boot in as many seasons. Thanks, Chuck Amato!
(Imagine for a second that this actually happened. Does Tom O'Brien then leave the Heights for Raleigh, or does he stick it out at Boston College? In this bizarro college football world, TOB never leaves, Jagodzinski never gets hired in 2007 nor fired in 2009 and Spaziani remains a career defensive coordinator. I digress.)
By 2007, Miami has been punted back to the Big East while West Virginia, Louisville and Connecticut have all been promoted. Louisville promptly gets Kragthorpe'd a few years later and is replaced by Cincinnati, who replaces Maryland.
And by 2012, Boston College, Wake Forest, Maryland and Duke are all playing in the Big East, replaced by UConn, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Pittsburgh. This coming season, the Eagles would find themselves playing in a conference that includes James Madison, Louisville, Maryland, Navy, New Hampshire, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple and Wake Forest. Joy.